Under Channel Eats: Cheddar Habanero Quesarito

I hold the Quesarito up on a pedestal as the finest item on any current fast food menu. I remember its arrival bringing me out of the dark age that existed after Taco Bell had gotten rid of the Chicken Flatbread. Since this time the Quesarito has been my go-to fast food item.

Flash forward to last week and I post up the first Under Channel Eats blog, I then ask on twitter if anyone has suggestions for something new I should review. I only received one recommendation, Taco Bell’s New Cheddar Habanero Quesarito. At first I was taken aback. How have I not heard of this before now? How had I missed it?

About an hour ago, Heather and I were driving home from a dentist appointment. I knew today was the day I was going to try it and I’d been building this day up in my mind. First thing I notice after ordering…they didn’t ask me if I wanted chicken or steak. Instead the CHQ comes loaded with ground beef (the lowest of Taco Bell’s meat options). I ask for no sour cream and we cruise up to the second window, get our food and pull into a spot in the parking lot. It’s so hot that it almost burns my hand as I pull it out of the bag, I peel back the wrapper and take a bite…


I swash it around inside my mouth, first thing I notice is the blandness of the sauce. Going in, I expected a Creamy Habanero Sauce to make me hurt a little. But no, this sauce is just boring and bright orange. Another bite reveals that I was right about my initial hesitation, the ground beef is the same as it always has been. I’m confused as to what’s happening…


I continue to have bite after bite, looking for a silver lining. But finally the truth was coming out, they had ruined their own masterpiece. The Quesarito is very simple, and that’s what makes it so perfect. Changing two of its ingredients with obvious downgrades in quality and slapping it up on a billboard is an injustice.


I finally had to give up on the undertaking. I sighed and handed it over to my wife to finish, I couldn’t stand looking at it any longer. She finished it off (we don’t waste food) as I sulked for a few moments in my seat. Luckily we ordered a Chicken Quesedilla as well.

Final Rating: 1/5

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